President and Treasurer: Scott Nimmo
Vice President: Jerry Ballard
Secretary: Chuck Jennings
Webmaster: Rich Hudson
History of the ACCCS
In September 1993, Jerry Ballard organized and hosted the first International Credit Card Collectors’ Convention in Richmond, Virginia. At the convention, Bill Wieland volunteered to form an organization of credit card collectors and, in 1994, he formed the American Credit Piece Collectors’ Association. At the first membership meeting later that year, the name was changed to the American Credit Card Collectors’ Society – ACCCS.
Early members of the club included the President of the American Numismatics Society, a member to this day, and an early credit card collecting pioneer named Lin Overholt. When he was alive, Lin had a collection of well over ten thousand cards. He often said he would pay $2 apiece for a card. He paid this flat rate for all cards, not just credit cards but also things like membership cards.
When eBay was launched in 1995, it quickly became the best way for collectors to get hold of cards. eBay has a dedicated category for credit cards under Collectibles > Collective Credit & Charge Cards.
In June 2002, Jerry Ballard published the ACCCS handbook, copyrighted by the American Credit Card Collectors’ Society. This is available in our members section. Please note, no part of it may be reproduced without the express written consent of the ACCCS, except for the Grading Guide, which is the property of Travis McGrath.
In 2018, Ed Tylenda and Chuck Jennings produced the Charge Coin Reference Guide, a 314-page coil-bound catalog of all known charge coins. This publication took 6 years to create. This is available on eBay if you search “charge coin reference guide”. Discounts are given to ACCCS members.
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